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Charles H. Kleinschmidt, attorney-at-law and public administrator, at
Hillsboro, is a native of Dillenburg, Nassau, Germany, born in 1858,
and the only child of John L. and Augusta (Geise) Kleinschmidt, natives
of Germany.  The father was born in 1821, was well educated, was a 
chemist, mining engineer, etc.  He came to the United States in 1849,
and went to California during the gold excitement.  A few years later
he went to St. Louis, where he was for a short time engaged in the drug
business, and where he has since made his home, although his business
has called him to various parts of the world for a number of years, being 
employed for a St. Louis tin mining company, as a chemist and mining 
engineer.  He made seven trips to his native country where Mrs.
Kleinschmidt died in 1858.  He has written many valuable articles on
mineralogy, and is well known in mining circles, his service in that
direction having been of inestimable value.  Charles H. was born in
Germany, while his parents were visiting in that country, and remained
there until fourteen years of age, attending one of the most celebrated 
boarding schools.  He then came to St. Louis, and in 1879 began the
study of law, where, at the end of two years, he graduated.  In 1882
he came to Hillsboro, where he has already obtained a successful practice 
in Jefferson County.  He was thrown on his own resources at an early age, 
and worked at whatever employment he could obtain.  He has been notary 
public since 1882, and public administrator since 1884.  In 1883 he 
wedded Teresa, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Volmar, and a native of 
St. Louis.  To this union one child was born.  Mr. Kleinschmidt is a 
member of the Masonic fraternity, a Democrat in politics, casting his 
first vote for Gen. Hancock.